July is Mermaid Month at Artful Living Group

Felice Kite’s “Mermaids” exhibit will be Artful Living Group’s featured artist for July with the opening reception on July 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Felice Kite is an artist and interior designer, native to the Washington DC area. Twelve years ago, she and her architect husband fell in love with Carolina Beach and purchased a cottage a few blocks from the ocean. "It's a dream come true for us. We've made so many wonderful memories with family and friends on the island. It is a very special place."

She mixes whimsical designs with inspirational sayings on wood sheets, pallets, doors and canvases to create shabby chic paintings perfect for beachy decorating. Felice upcycles mix media with bold colors for her lovable mermaids. Over the last several years, Felice has turned her love for painting into a successful cottage business. In addition to original paintings, Felice now sells posters, cards, and upcycled painted furniture. She uses her interior design skills to coordinate colors, shapes and textures for custom orders that brighten beach homes in the area.

“Mermaids” will be on exhibit in Artful Living Group’s upstairs gallery through July. Come meet Felice on July 2nd and “become a mermaid” with her.

 Artful Living Group’s objective of bringing affordable fun functional art to the public and the public to great artists is enhanced by enabling people to experience the creative process through events and studios where artists can share their inspiration and work.

Artful Living Group is located on Carolina Beach and is open everyday during the summer season.

For more information about upcoming events call 910.458.7822 or email info@ArtfulLivingGroup.com (112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC).


For Fisher "Beat the Heat" Summer Lecture Series

Saturday, June 27, 2:00 PM

Fort Fisher's Becky Sawyer will present "The Jewett Patent Leg," a fascinating look at a miracle of 19th century surgical technology.  With so many amputees resulting from the devastation of the Civil War, an artificial limb program was developed to assist injured war veterans who lost a leg.  A rare example of the Jewett Patent Leg is on display in the Fort Fisher museum.  Becky will walk visitors through the process of how one of the country's earliest prosthetics came to fruition.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site's
Spencer Theatre
1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd.
Kure Beach, NC 28449


The Wheelhouse Summer BBQ at Good Hops

Don't miss The Wheelhouse Summer BBQ at Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach, NC - an event to benefit Nourish NC.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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2015 Boardwalk Blast

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is the place to be for summer fun for all ages!

The Boardwalk Blast series of events has something for everyone this year. Check out this great line-up of activities...we'll see you at the boardwalk!

Tuesday: Family Night

May 19 - September 1
6:30 - 8:30
Bounce house, kids activities, entertainment, raffles, & more!

Wednesday: Cash Bingo

May 20 - September 2
7:00 - 9:30
Feeling lucky? You just might win big!

Thursday: Music & Fireworks

May 28 - August 27 (& Friday, September 4th)
6:30 - 9:30 (Fireworks at 9:00)
Live music and fireworks every week all summer long!!

Friday: Performing Arts Night

May 29 - August 28
7:00 - 9:00
A variety of talent from big bands to solo acts.



The sun was just rising above the horizon when the staff and volunteers of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce arrived at the New and Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk this past Saturday for the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. And to their amazement, the line of customers was already forming to be the first on the beach for this annual rite of passage. Over three hours before the gates were scheduled to open, some brave souls had already staked their claim to be the first on the beach and the ‘owners’ of the prime real estate front and center.

The record crowds kept coming and kept coming – at times the line seemed to stretch forever. Everyone finally got on the Beach to hear the smooth Beach sounds of the top three bands in Beach Music today. The morning began with the hottest band in Beach Music today - Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot..and they did not disappoint this eager crowd.

Promptly at 1:00, the Band of Oz – the perennial favorites of every Beach Music Festival took the stage. After 90 minutes of shagging bliss, we took our final break to give everyone a chance to catch their collective breath, have a marriage proposal (or two) and give away a sweet Budweiser Cruiser.
Closing out the afternoon was the ever-popular Jim Quick and Coastline. When Jim hit “Mama’s Been Drinking Liquor Again”, the crowd went wild. A little rain came and right on key, Jim sang a song about Rain! Jim wowed the crowd when he wished everyone who was having a birthday a unique rendition of “Happy Birthday Yawl”.

With high tide at 11:00 am and attendance in excess of 4,000, the crowds were the largest we have seen in many years. If you ever doubted if Beach Music was getting dated, this year’s crowd once again proved otherwise. Beach Music is alive and well in Carolina Beach and our crowd this year probably covered four generations of seasoned shaggers down to shagger “want-to-bes”.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially the Town of Carolina Beach, all of our great volunteers and of course all of the Shaggers that braved the crowds and had an absolutely epic historic day for the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4th to continue the 4th decade of Music on the Beach – See you there!


Free Summer Concert Series - Friday, June 12th - Rivermist

The first installment of the Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area for the 2015 season will be taking place on Friday, June 12th.

Come on down to Kure Beach and watch the sun setting over the river while listening (or dancing!) to the sounds of Rivermist, a popular band playing classic rock tunes.

Where: Ft Fisher Military Recreation Area (1.2 miles south of Kure Beach stoplight on the right)

When: Friday, June 12, 2015 6:30 - 8:30 PM

For more info call 910-458-8434 or visit http://pleasureislandnc.org/events-details.php?id=811&month=June

Full Free Summer Concert Series Lineup for 2015:


Lights Out - Sea Turtles Dig the Dark

From May 1st - October 31st our beaches are hopefully visited by mother sea turtles looking for a safe place to lay her eggs, and then by those babies as they make their way to a life in the ocean.

To help make Pleasure Island beaches welcoming to these incredible creatures make note of the following recommendations:

  • Leave only footprints (remove all trash and belongings when leaving the beach)
  • No flashlights
  • Fill in any holes
  • Pick up beach furniture (& pop up tents)
  • Don't touch
  • Knock over sandcastles
You can learn much more by visiting the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project website: http://www.seaturtleproject.org/


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